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HMRC's New Nudge Letter Campaigns

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Posted by Roger Eddowes on 07/12/2020 @ 8:00AM

HMRC are determined to close the tax gap and increase its revenue from taxpayers. To further this aim, it is set to launch two new nudge letter campaigns in the next few weeks ...

You may be one of the thousands of taxpayers who receive a nudge letter soon!

You may be one of the thousands of taxpayers who receive a nudge letter soon!

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Nudge letters are a good way to encourage taxpayers to correct any non-compliance with their tax returns, without the need for HMRC to open a formal enquiry against them.

"Two new nudge letter campaigns start in the next few weeks!"

Rather than focus on offshore matters, these new campaigns are aimed at those individuals who have disposed of a UK residential property, and those with taxable employment benefits.

Details of property disposals come via various sources, including the UK Land Registry. This is being used to write to taxpayers who have disposed of a property in the 2018/19 tax year and have not declared the disposal. Taxpayers are being asked to consider their Capital Gains Tax position in respect of the sale of their property.

The second campaign, again looking at the 2018/19 tax year, targets taxpayers where taxable employment benefits HMRC has records of do not match details submitted on personal tax returns. There are approximately 1,700 individuals on this list, and all will be sent letters.

Unlike previous nudge letters, HMRC is not asking taxpayers to sign and return a certificate of tax position which I feel is welcome news as many accountants and tax professionals have always criticised the wording of the nudge letters, almost making it seem that completion was mandatory.

"There is no need to sign anything!"

But there is a need to act should you receive a nudge letter. If a disclosure is needed, then HMRC will certainly be looking to impose penalties, so my recommendation is to speak to your accountant to ensure that you are up to date with your tax affairs, and put them right should something from 2018/19 have been forgotten.

Until next time ...

Business Godparent


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Roger trained at Edward Thomas Peirson & Sons in Market Harborough before working at Hartwell & Co, followed by Chancery, as a partner. He started Essendon Accounts and Tax with Helen Beaumont in 2014 as a general practitioner with a hands-on approach.

Roger loves getting his hands dirty, working with emerging, small-to-medium and family businesses to ensure they receive the best possible accountancy advice. Roger utilises an extensive network of business contacts to leverage the best guidance and practical solutions.